Nunatsiavut, which means ‘our beautiful land' in Inuttitut, is the homeland of Labrador Inuit. We have lived in these magnificent lands for thousands of years. From the majesty of the Torngat Mountains to the rugged beauty of the rivers and coastlines, Nunatsiavut has always been our home.
The Nunatsiavut Government was established in 2005. It is born out of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement, the result of three decades of work to realize our long-held dream of self-governance. The Nunatsiavut Government is a regional Inuit government within the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador. We are the first Inuit region to achieve self-government, an accomplishment of which all Labrador Inuit should be proud.
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November 14, 2013
For Immediate Release
Province dragging heels on new marine vessel for Labrador’s north coast
The Nunatsiavut Government is disappointed that a Request for Proposals (RFP) has yet to be issued for the construction of a new roll-on, roll-off marine freight and passenger vessel to service communities along Labrador’s north coast.
“We have been told repeatedly during the course of the last two years that a new vessel, to replace the aging MV Northern Ranger, was a top priority for the Government of Newfoundland ...
October 21, 2013
For Immediate Release
First Minister assumes role of acting Minister of Lands and Natural Resources
Nunatsiavut President Sarah Leo announced today that First Minister Darryl Shiwak has assumed the role of acting Minister of Lands and Natural Resources.
Mr. Shiwak replaces Glen Sheppard, who resigned Friday as a member of the Nunatsiavut Executive Council because of health reasons. Mr. Sheppard will continue to
serve as Ordinary Member for Postville.
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August 16, 2013 - The Nunatsiavut Government has filed for a judicial review of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s July 10 issuance of a Permit to Alter a Body of Water in relation to the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric project. The permit essentially allows Nalcor Energy to begin construction of a dam on the Churchill River and to flood the Muskrat Falls reservoir.
“The terms of the permit fail to address the legitimate concerns we have expressed with respect to the ...
May 21, 2013 - Nunatsiavut President Sarah Leo says she was saddened to hear Sunday of the passing of Inuit elder Abraham “Aba” Kojak of Nain.
“Aba was known throughout Nunatsiavut,” notes President Leo. “He was a very respected hunter, successful fisherman and a strong advocate for Inuit rights.”
Kojak served many years on the Board of Directors of the Labrador Inuit Association before the establishment of the Nunatsiavut Government. He played a key role, as a negotiator, in the talks leading ...
Kuujjuaq and Nain, April 25, 2013 - It is with great pride that the Aboriginal governments and Nations of Québec and Labrador stand together and formerly announce the creation of the Ungava Peninsula Caribou Aboriginal Round Table, a united and powerful voice that will endeavor to preserve caribou and the deep relationship that aboriginal people have long held with it.
Following an initial historic meeting in Kuujjuaq in January, the Inuit, Innu and Inuit/Metis living in Labrador as well as the ...
April 10, 2013 - President Sarah Leo announced today that the responsibility for youth and elder programming has been transferred from the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism to the Department of Health and Social Development.
“Both departments were providing similar services and programming for youth and elders,” notes the President. “Due to this overlap, we felt it was necessary to combine the responsibility for youth and elder programing at both the community and regional level under one department.”
The restructuring will ...